KARACHI: Health and wellness experts and also clinical researchers have actually warned that the liver disease B as well as C viral infections are a “pandemic within a pandemic”, which are asserting 3 to 4 times extra stays in Pakistan than Covid-19. They asked for immediate steps for the prevention, screening as well as treatment of the disease.
They were talking at an awareness session hung on Tuesday at the Karachi Press Club in cooperation with Pakistan GI and also Liver Conditions Society (PGLDS) about Globe Hepatitis Day 2021, to highlight the worldwide worry of viral liver disease and also to ask for its elimination from the world by 2030. They stressed the need to have equivalent focus on liver disease B as well as C.
” Hepatitis is three to 4 times more deadly viral infection in Pakistan where around 300 to 325 people are passing away daily because of complications of liver disease B and also C,” claimed Dr Lubna Kamani, head of state of PGLDS. “On the other hand, Covid-19 deaths rarely go across the number of 100 in a single day. So there is a demand to have equal focus on the prevention, screening and treatment of hepatitis B as well as C in the nation. It needs cumulative initiative from health and wellness society, federal government and the masses. We have to move fast before it goes out of control.”
‘ There is a demand to have equal focus on the avoidance, screening and also therapy of liver disease B and C’
Dr Kamani, who is likewise a gastroenterologist associated with the Liaquat National Hospital and Aga Khan University, asserted that around 150,000 new cases of hepatitis B as well as C were arising in Pakistan where the mixed number of viral liver disease people mored than 15 million, which is the largest variety of people dealing with hepatitis B and C here after China.
“Hepatitis B and also C are blood-borne diseases, which implies that they are spread out with an exchange of infected blood by using infected syringes, IV drips, unsterilized devices utilized by dentists, needles for piercing etc. People must avoid obtaining injections and also IV trickles as high as feasible,” she included.
Another leading gastroenterologist related to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Dr Nazish Butt, claimed liver disease B and also C were silent killers and also if an individual is infected with either of the infection, it continues to be quiet in the body for several years, harming the liver of the infected person.
“The liver disease B and C infections just pertain to the expertise of an infected person when they are evaluated for some surgery or procedure or their liver is damaged to a degree where nothing can be done for them,” she claimed and included that the government needs to release mass testings for hepatitis B and C in the country to establish its real worry on Pakistan.
Client of the PGLDS Prof Dr Shahid Ahmed stated awareness of liver disease B and also C was essential to its prevention as well as treatment, stating it was now a treatable viral infection as well as added that dozens of non-governmental organisations as well as government health facilities were not only screening individuals for viral hepatitis however were also offering free medications for its therapy.
Other experts, including Dr Amanullah Abbasi from Dow College of Health And Wellness Sciences and Dr Sajjad Jamil from the Liaquat National Medical facility, claimed awareness of hepatitis and also other variables harmful to liver was very reduced in culture as well as urged the media to play its role in highlighting the preventive measures along with inoculation against liver disease B, Covid-19 as well as various other vaccine-preventable illness.